The Open Data Institute (ODI) brings together commercial and non-commercial organizations and governments across specific sectors to address today’s global challenges. Driven by needs, and focused on timely challenges, we help people identify and address how the web of data will impact their businesses and their sectors. Together, we will build a strong data infrastructure that delivers open innovation at web-scale.

We connect, equip and inspire people around the world to innovate with data by:


The ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to address today’s global challenges using the web of data.

The ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan company headquartered in London, with an international reach, hundreds of members, thousands of people trained, dozens of startups incubated, and a convening space based in the heart of London’s thriving Shoreditch area. The ODI invites everyone interested in developing with data – whether on an individual, organizational or global level – to get in touch.

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The ODI commits to bringing open data’s benefits to specific areas of society and industry. We are currently focusing our attention on six main sector themes: agriculture and nutrition, finance, global development, open cities (or smart cities), Data as Culture, and data infrastructure.


This Partner Works to Achieve These SDGs